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Panasonic Lumix FS62 -- Thin is in.

Released along with the FS42, the Panasonic Lumix FS62 offers a couple of very important features that are missing in the lower spec stable mate; mainly the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which allows users to just aim and shoot - letting the camera select the best options for exposure, shutter speed and ISO settings. And the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) mode, which uses lens shift technique to detect and compensate for camera shake, resulting in better focused and sharper images.

The camera is primarily aimed at the casual user who is looking for a general purpose point and shoot, which is easy to carry around and offers good image quality without having to fiddle too much with the controls and settings.

The 10.1 mega pixel sensor coupled with a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 4x Optical Zoom lens offers decent image quality. The lens is capable of 33mm at the wide angle mode and 132mm in the tele mode (35mm equivalent). While 33mm wide angle is a marginal improvement over the standard 35mm, Panasonic should probably have thrown in a 28mm or atleast a 31mm capable lens into this package to make it sweeter and help it stand apart in the crowded entry level P&S camera market. The 2.5" TFT LCD Display is quite sharp and comes with brightness and power saving adjustments.

Movie recording options are WVGA (16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels), VGA (4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels) or QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), all at the rate of 30 frames per second (fps). The 30fps recording allows for smooth and jitter free movie clips unlike with some cameras in this range from other manufacturers which offer a 15fps movie mode.

With 26 scene modes to choose from, it is more than adequate for most situations. But if you are adventurous, try some non-conventional settings to achieve interesting image effects, such as using the 'Starry Sky Mode' to get images of night-time traffic with trailing lights from the moving vehicles or using a 60 second mode to capture images in almost dark situations. You will need a tripod or atleast will have to place the camera on a stable platform while experimenting with the long exposure settings. If you wish to play around with the manual modes, the camera offers ISO settings ranging from 80 to 1000; while the 'High Sensitivity' mode automatically sets the ISO to between 1600 to 6400.

Color options for the camera are Silver, Black, Blue, Pink or the really eye catching snazzy red. Just search around a little and you'll find some amazing deals on this model, which makes it and attractive P&S option.

McMillan
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 20:46:32 +0000

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